Source: Secret deal could doom 160,000 to ISIS
U.S., Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Iran said to let key border town fall
WASHINGTON, D.C. – A secret decision apparently has been made by the United States, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and even Iran to let the strategic Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani on the Turkish-Syrian border fall to ISIS fighters, jeopardizing the lives of some 160,000 Syrian Kurds, WND has been told by a well-placed Middle East expert.
In letting Kobani fall to ISIS, the source said, there was agreement “to deal with ISIS later.”
The apparent decision aims to diminish the influence of the Kurds in Syria and weaken the prospect of creating a sovereign Kurdistan, which is sought by the Kurds not only in Syria, but in Turkey, Iran and Iraq..
“It is a real set up behind the backs of everyone,” the well-placed source told WND.
Ankara has brought its tanks up to the Turkish-Syrian border in sight of Kobani but has not committed any troops to stop the ISIS siege of the Kurdish city.
Meanwhile, the Syrian Kurds have been appealing for arms and ammunition in addition to aerial bombing by the U.S.-led coalition of Arab countries on ISIS positions. Sources on the ground, however, say the bombing has become virtually meaningless, since ISIS fighters have blended into the population, requiring more fighters on the ground.
The Syrian Kurds have been fighting ISIS just as their counterparts in Iraq, the Kurdish Peshmerga, have been doing to keep ISIS from taking over their territory, which comprises some of the largest oil reserves in Iraq and Syria.
The Turks have resisted assisting the Kurds since Ankara for years has been battling the Kurdish Workers Party, or PKK, which seeks to carve out a portion of the border countries to create Kurdistan.
For Turkey, the Syrian and Turkish Kurds occupy valuable oil resources sought by the energy-deficient Turks.
In addition, the Kurds have an alliance with the Syrian government of President Bashar al-Assad, whom the Turks want to see overthrown in favor of a Sunni-run government.
However, ISIS clearly is the only predominant Sunni group in a position to take over, since it already has grabbed much of northeastern Syria and western and central Iraq to form its caliphate, which it seeks to govern under strict Islamic law, or Shariah.
For Turkey, an ISIS takeover of Kobani would help split up the Iraqi Kurds from the Syrian Kurds, further diminishing the chance for a united Kurdistan.
At the same time, it would give ISIS a northern bridge between Iraq and Syria, which it hasn’t had until now.
Consequently, not only will the Turks refuse to commit combat troops, so will the U.S.
Curiously there are also conflicting reports as where the area’s civilians are fleeing to.
On the one hand the U.S. “understands” that most have fled into Turkey, http://abcnews.go.com/International/isis-victory-kobani-result-civilian-massacre-warns/story?id=26110619 , while CNN and others report that Turkey is guarding its border not allowing them in.
The latter seems most likely the truth considering Turkey’s behavior throughout the Syrian and ISIS crises. As Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, writes:
Turkey backed ISIS before the group turned on it. And now the Turkish Islamist thug in charge of the place is keeping Kurds from fleeing ISIS massacres into Turkey using heavily mobilized forces from the US… while refusing to do anything about ISIS.
This is genocidal blackmail.
The armed forces employed tear gas for the second day in a row to push people back from the border area which has become increasingly dangerous owing to mortars fired from Syria, an AFP correspondent reported.
“Leave or else we will intervene,” the security forces ordered through loudspeakers on trucks.
Which is exactly what you expect from Erdogan.
Not since the Red Army halted its tanks on the east bank of the Vistula have we seen a catastrophe shaping up as emblematic as that shaping up right now at the Syrian-Turkish border town of Kobani. In the World War II tragedy, the Red Army at first broadcast the call for the Free Polish Army to begin its uprising against the Nazis. They then refused to lift a finger to help them. So the Free Poles — democrats — were wiped out. Only then did the Soviets come in to seize what was left of Poland.
Fast forward to right now, when the city of Kobani, once home to 45,000 people, is under siege from the Islamic State and facing the kind of slaughter that the Islamic State has made its trademark.
Turkish tanks have looked on from across the border as the Islamic State tightens its siege of the Kurdish defenders, and they aren’t lifting so much as a trigger finger…